Really, Believe Me!


From Thairath, October 14, 2012
Cartoon title: Really, believe me.

Top left: Really, the U.S. wants to rent U-Tapao just for checking out the clouds! [Refers to the conspiracy theories around permitting the US to use U-Tapao.]

Top middle: Really, the online-lotto will solved the over-priced lottery! [This refers to the government decision to launch the online-lotto to reduce the number of illegal lotto deals. The symbol on the sleeve is for the lottery office.]

Top right: Really, Prime Minister Yingluck selected her cabinet members by herself! [Reference is to the news that those who want jobs in government flocked to Hong Kong to ask fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for his favor.]

Bottom left: Really, Tharit didn’t see any ‘men in black’ among the Red Shirt protesters! [‘Tharit Pengdit, Permanent Secretary of the Department for Special Investigation’]

Bottom middle: Really, Chalerm went to Hong Kong, but didn’t see Thaksin! [Reference is to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Ubamrung’s recent trip to Hong Kong. It is speculated that he went there to see Thaksin Shinawatra, which Chalerm denied.]

Bottom right: Really, the government’s rice trading deals are classified. We really cannot tell you! [Reference is to Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom’s press interview saying that he made deals to export rice on a government to government basis. He refused to give any details of which government claiming that revealing any details may compromised the deals. Many parties involved in the rice export business suspect the government is lying about the deals.]

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